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Group: I-495 incident shows need to fix bridges

CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) - An independent group says an incident in which debris peeled off a highway overpass and smashed the windshield of a car traveling below should serve as a warning about the need to fix crumbling roads and bridges in Massachusetts.

Crews made emergency repairs to the Route 3A bridge after Tuesday's incident on Interstate 495 in Chelmsford. No one was seriously hurt.

Transportation for Massachusetts said in a statement that the bridge is among many in the state considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The group called on voters to defeat a November ballot question that would repeal a law that automatically ties increases in the gasoline tax to inflation. Revenues from the tax help fund road and bridge repairs.

Advocates for repeal say lawmakers should be required to vote on any tax hikes.


Police: Man, 90, victim of carjacking

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) - Police in Saugus say a 90-year-old man was the victim of a carjacking outside a supermarket.

Police said in a statement that officers found the man, a Saugus resident, bleeding on a sidewalk when they arrived at the Stop & Shop on Main Street shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The victim told police that he was attacked by a man who then stole his car, a 2001 Ford Focus. The man declined to be taken to a hospital and police drove him to a relative's home after the incident.

The assailant remained at large and police were seeking help from anyone who might have witnessed the attack.


1 dead, 3 hurt in Wellfleet crash

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say one person has died and three people have been injured in a three-vehicle crash in Wellfleet.

The crash on Route 6 was reported at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The crash involved a box truck, a pickup truck and a minivan operated by a cab company.

The Cape Cod Times reported that police identified the person who was killed as 54-year-old Wende Harrison of Eastham. Harrison had been driving the minivan.

The three injured people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


Massachusetts teen killed in motorcycle crash

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A teenager has died following a motorcycle crash in Sturbridge.

Police said 16-year-old Colin Krenzul, who lived in the town of Holland, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident on Leadmine Road at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

No other vehicles were involved.

Police told The Republican newspaper of Springfield that the teen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and had a valid motorcycle permit.

Krenzul was a student at Tantansqua Regional High School in Sturbridge.

State and local police are investigating.


Man, struck killed by car in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - State police are investigating after a pedestrian walking along Memorial Drive in Cambridge was struck and killed by a car.

The 50-year-old man from Boston was struck at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say he was struck by a Honda Accord driven by a 24-year-old Brighton man in the eastbound lanes.

The reason why the pedestrian was on the roadway is unknown at this time and is part of the investigation.

No names were released.

Memorial Drive east was closed for about two hours but has since reopened.


Conn. aids manufacturer to move Mass. division

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A manufacturing company has promised to increase its workforce by one-third as it moves a Massachusetts division to Connecticut with $2 million in state aid.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that C. Cowles and Co. is relocating its Carlin Combustion Technology division from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, to North Haven.

Founded in New Haven in 1838, the metal stamping company will consolidate the division, offices and four other manufacturing segments.

C. Cowles will add 59 jobs to its workforce of 116 employees. It received a $250,000 state job training grant and a $1.77 million loan to finance the move, acquire the North Haven building, conduct environmental remediation and make mechanical upgrades and retrofits.

C. Cowles may receive loan forgiveness of up to $885,125 if it meets or exceeds job creation and retention commitments.

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